The Superbe gets a few tweaks

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Minolta SR-T 101. MC Rokkor PG 50mm f/1.4 lens. Lomography 800 film.

I’ve had my 1968 Raleigh Superbe in riding condition for five years. The bike has remained pretty static since it got built up: I knew what I wanted in a vintage British three speed through my experiences with my former bike, the Raleigh Wayfarer. I always wanted the overall aesthetic of the Superbe to remain “classic three speed”. But unlike many vintage bike restorers, I had no problem upgrading with modern componentry that wouldn’t look out of place. Things like steel rims, which were replaced with aluminum ones. While old Raleigh wheels look nice, they are heavy and provide sub-par stopping power in wet conditions. Other bits and bobs were transferred when needed.

I’ve been pretty happy with how things turned out. But the departure of the Raleigh Crested Butte has shaken up things a bit. Having one…

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